client / hartley-melvin-sanborn community schools

HMS Elementary School

Hartley, IA




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CMBA completed a master plan for the HMS School district and assisted them in successfully passing a bond referendum. Updates to the District’s facilities are now being done in phases. The first phase was to construct a new elementary school in Hartley, followed by renovations to the middle and high schools. CMBA and HMS have enjoyed working together to create an education system for 21st century learning. CMBA worked with the staff at HMS to create spaces that accommodate all types of learning and teaching desired by the District. The new facility includes flexible learning studios that open up to one another and to larger collaborative learning commons. This allows students to practice learning in different ways and teachers to collaborate. Near these spaces are Da Vinci Studios, that allow students to create and learn in a dedicated hands-on environment. The furniture chosen also allows for flexibility and collaboration in each space. Lastly, faculty utilizes “Grade Level Teams” (GLT) spaces to collaborate during planning periods. The GLT rooms provide a space for colleges to work together and learn from one another. The end result is a student-centered building that provides educators space for forward thinking to move their students’ education to the next level.



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